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authorYann E. MORIN" <>2009-08-29 22:27:12 (GMT)
committerYann E. MORIN" <>2009-08-29 22:27:12 (GMT)
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config: choose whether to use the shell or the C wrapper
Offer a config choice on whether to isntall the script wrapper, or the compiled C wrapper. Update docs/overview.txt accordingly.
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@@ -25,6 +25,7 @@ Running crosstool-NG
Testing all toolchains at once
Overriding the number of // jobs
Note on // jobs
+ Tools wrapper
Using the toolchain
Toolchain types
@@ -382,6 +383,52 @@ in parallel (there is not much to gain). When speaking of // jobs, we are
refering to the number of // jobs when making the *components*. That is, we
speak of the number of // jobs used to build gcc, glibc, and so on...
+Tools wrapper |
+Starting with gcc-4.3 come two new dependencies: GMP and MPFR. With gcc-4.4,
+come three new ones: GMP, PPL and CLooG/ppl. These are libraries that enable
+advanced features to gcc. Additionally, some of the libraries can be used by
+binutils and gdb. Unfortunately, not all systems on which crosstool-NG runs
+have all of those libraries. And for those that do, the versions of those
+libraries may be older than the version required by gcc.
+This is why crosstool-NG builds its own set of libraries as part of the
+The libraries are built as shared libraries, because building them as static
+libraries has some short-comings. This poses no problem at build time, as
+crosstool-NG correctly points gcc (and binutiols and gdb) to the correct
+place where our own version of the libraries are installed. But it poses
+a problem when gcc et al. are run: the place where the libraries are is most
+probably not known to the host dynamic linker. Still worse, if the host system
+has its own versions, then would load the wrong library!
+So we have to force the dynamic linker to load the correct version. We do this
+by using the LD_LIBRARY_PATH variable, that informs the dynamic linker where
+to look for shared libraries prior to searching its standard places. But we
+can't impose that burden on all the system (because it'd be a nightmare to
+configure, and because two tolchains on the same system may use different
+versions of the libraries); so we have to do it on a per-toolchain basis.
+So we rename all binaries of the toolchain (by adding a dot '.' as their first
+character), and add a small program, the so-called "tools wrapper", that
+correctly sets LD_LIBRARY_PATH prior to running the real tool.
+First, the wrapper was written as a POSIX-compliant shell script. That shell
+script is very simple, if not trivial, and works great. The only drawback is
+that it does not work on host systems that lack a shell, for example the
+MingW32 environment. To solve the issue, the wrapper has been re-written in C,
+and compiled at build time. This C wrapper is much more complex than the shell
+script, and although it sems to be working, it's been only lightly tested.
+Some of the expected short-comings with this C wrapper are;
+ - multi-byte file names may not be handled correctly
+ - it's really big for what it does
+So, the default wrapper installed with your toolchain is the shell script.
+If you know that your system is missing a shell, then you shall use the C
+wrapper (and report back whether it works, or does not work, for you).